LOUISIANA STATE COUNCIL

Randy Haynie, President
Haynie & Associates

Jonathan Hobbs, 
Rice Export Logistics,
Russell Marine Group

Pres Kabacoff, CEO
HRI Properties

Caitlin Cain, CEO
World Trade Center of New Orleans

Brandy Christian, President
Port of New Orleans

Dr. Ana Lopez, Director
Tulane University Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute

Cesar Martino, Director
Intl. Cuba Society,
Owner, Vega Group

Saul Newsome, Attorney
Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Mike Olivier, CEO,
Committee of 100

John Owen, Rice Farmer
Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association

Bill Rase, Executive Director
Port of Lake Charles

Mike Strain, Commissioner
Louisiana Department of Agriculture

John Suarez, Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Robert Trahan, Rice Miller
Falcon Rice Mill

Robert Verchick, Environmental Law Chair
Loyola University

James Warshaw, Rice Miller
Farmers Rice Milling Co.

Dr. Aaron Wolfson, Clinical Psychologist
Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group

Lenny Wormser, Senior Managing Director
Latter & Blum

Avery J. Davidson, Assistant Director of Information & PR
Louisiana Farm Bureau

Buck Gladden, President
Gladden Sales LLC

ROBERT BRIGNAC, PE, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
BRAEDEN ENGINEERING

Joe Accardo, Executive Director
Ports Association of Louisiana

Paul Aucoin, Executive Director
Port of South Louisiana

Kevin Berken, Rice Farmer
Southern Louisiana

Ken Bickford, President
Chappapeela Development Corporation

Dr. Pierre Buekens, Dean
Tulane School of Public Health

Joe Morris Doss, President
the Threshold

Mary Dumestre, Attorney
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

Ken Duncan, Attorney/Consultant/Businessman,
Former Louisiana State Treasurer

Alina Fernandez, President
Cuba Travel-USA

Michael Fruge, Rice Farmer
Central Louisiana Rice Growers Association

Betsie GambeL, President
Gambel Communications

Annie Gibson, Professor
Tulane Department of Global Education

Sergio Girau, Vice Presidnt, Principal Engineer
Lin eld Hunter & Junius Inc.

Romi Gonzales, Chairman,
Intl. Cuba Society, 
Attorney, Braden Gonzales & Associates

John Haffner, President
Cuba Trade and Travel

Jay Hakes, Former Head
US Energy Information Administration

Bobby Hanks, CEO
Louisiana Rice Milling Co.

Meryl Kennedy Farr
Kennedy Rice Mill, LLC, 
Planters Rice Mill, LLC

José Cot, Attorney/Partner
Hurley & Cot, APLC

Holden Hoggatt, President
Hoggatt Law Group

Don Pierson, Louisiana Secretary
of Economic Development


Louisiana and Cuba in the News

PRESS RELEASE: LOUISIANA LEADERS LAUNCH ENGAGE CUBA STATE COUNCIL

WWL-TV: Cantrell's Cuba Trip Ends on Hopeful Note

A trip that Mayor Latoya Cantrell and nearly three dozen others took to Cuba is in the books. One of the goals of Mayor LaToya Cantrell's five-day trip to Cuba was to build relationships between her young administration and leaders of the nation island.

WPLG: New Orleans' Mayor in Cuba Seeking Opportunities in Economic Development, Trade

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell wants to see how Cuban history has “produced unique opportunities and challenges” in the areas of economic development, trade, health care and education. Cantrell and several staff members are in Havana and are expected to be in Cuba through Sunday. 

The New Orleans Advocate: Afro-Cuban funk band Cimafunk to bring modern sounds of Havana to New Orleans

Bill Taylor, the executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, traveled to Cuba in January for the Havana Jazz Festival where he met Erik “Cimafunk” Rodriguez. Cimafunk will make its New Orleans debut on Saturday April, 6 at Tipitinas. 

WWL-TV: New Orleans Mayor Cantrell takes business trip to Cuba

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, two members of her staff and city council member Jay Banks are among those participating in an apparent business and cultural exchange in Cuba. The mayor's office did confirm Cantrell was hoping "...to see firsthand how (Cuba's) history has produced unique opportunities and challenges in the areas of economic development, trade, healthcare, education and other quality of life issues."

Times-Picayune: Cuban-American Drama ‘Azul’ at Southern Rep is Magnificent

Christina Quintana’s new single-act family drama, now receiving its world premiere at Southern Rep Theatre, is a simple but captivating work of poetry and grace.

KADN: Louisiana rice producers join over 60 groups to support Farm Bill Cuba Provision

Times-Picayune: Op-Ed: Louisiana and Cuba are natural trading partners

The Advocate: President Trump's stance on Cuba trade comes with high stakes for Louisiana, ag chief Mike Strain says

The Town Talk: Louisiana can get "lion's share" of Cuba trade

Business Report: Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain on the state's relationship with Cuba

KATC-ABC: Cuban Connection: Agricultural Delegation Takes a Historic Flight

The Advocate: Louisiana alliance for Cuba holding workshops on establishing trade with Cuba

The Advocate: Our Views: Cuba is poor but a new market for Louisiana

The News Star: Strain: Lots of Potential in Trade with Cuba

Ship-Technology: Port of South Louisiana to sign deal with Cuba's NPAC in October

American Journal of Transportation: Port of South Louisiana partakes in Louisiana trade mission to Cuba

Prensa Latina: Agricultural Delegation from Louisiana, USA, Travels to Cuba

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Emerging Latin American Markets Seek More Louisiana Business with Incentives

Associated Press: Louisiana lawmakers encourage trade relations with Cuba

TALK 107.3: Free trade with Cuba could mean billions for Louisiana

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Louisiana companies contemplate new business prospects with Cuba

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana rice farmers hope to cash in on trade with Cuba, newspaper reports

ABC-Baton Rouge: Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba

New Orleans CityBusiness: South Louisiana ports prepare for possible rekindling of Cuban relations

The Advocate: Ending Cuba Embargo Offers Opportunities for Louisiana Farm, Petrochem and Tourism Industries, Coalition Says

New Orleans Advocate: Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain leads 940member trade mission to Cuba

WBRZ ABC: Cuba could be powerful trade ally for Bayou State

Associated Press: Coalition: Ending Cuba embargo would help LA farmers

WBRZ ABC: Promoting economic development for LA, group seeks to end Cuban embargo

Fox News Latino: President Obama urges business leaders to press Congress to lift Cuba embargo

Times Free Press: Tennessee Council joins effort to end U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

Times Free Press: Tennessee Council joins effort to end U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

The Times-Picayune: Sailboat Diplomacy: New Orleands sailors blow into Havana with historic race

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Cracking the . Cuban market: Land of opportunity for Louisiana

The Advertiser: Here's how Cuba can help Louisiana flourish

Louisiana's Champions

Senator Bill Cassidy (R)

Senator Bill Cassidy (R)

Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5)

Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5)

Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA-3)

Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA-3)